PR Newswire, May 8, 2003

NEW YORK -- NEW YORK, May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- On Monday, June 16, TNN will be re-named Spike TV, reflecting the network's new positioning as the first network for men. This month, Spike TV will debut a new on-air look and a slate of new and original programming.

SPIKE TV'S ADULT ANIMATION SERIES PREMIERES

This June, Spike TV unveils an original, ambitious new adult animation block entitled, "The Strip." Launching Thursday, June 26 (10:00 PM - Midnight, ET/PT), the weekly two-hour animation block includes GARY THE RAT, starring Kelsey Grammer, Stan Lee's STRIPPERELLA, starring Pamela Anderson and the return of the series REN & STIMPY. Spike TV's "The Strip," includes:

* REN & STIMPY ADULT PARTY CARTOON

Premieres Thursday, June 26 (10:00 PM-10:30 PM, ET/PT). Regularly telecasts Thursdays (10:00-10:30 PM, ET/PT); repeats Sundays (8:30-9:00 PM, ET/PT).

REN & STIMPY ADULT PARTY CARTOON reunites that ornery asthma-hound Chihuahua, Ren and his trusting feline sidekick, Stimpy in all new Spike TV original episodes in this cutting edge cartoon from famed creator John Kricfalusi. New episodes will feature an endless supply of screams, grunts, contortions, and other assorted, in-your-face absurdities. The series premieres as part of Spike TV's "The Strip," a weekly new two-hour adult animation block.

* GARY THE RAT

Premieres Thursday, June 26 (10:30 PM-11:00 PM, ET/PT). Regularly telecasts Thursdays (10:30-11:00 PM, ET/PT); repeats Fridays (11:00-11:30 PM, ET/PT).

Emmy(R) Award-winning actor Kelsey Grammer ("Frazier") stars as the voice of Gary Andrews, a New York attorney who is so unscrupulous and immoral that he wakes up one morning to discover that he's turned into a six-foot rat. Until Gary figures out why he's like this he has decided to try and function the best he can in a "human" world. Outraged at Gary's new appearance, Truman, a tenant in Gary's expensive apartment building, has hired exterminator Johnny Bugz to get rid of Gary for good. The series premieres as part of Spike TV's "The Strip," a weekly new two-hour adult animation block.

* STRIPPERELLA

Premieres Thursday, June 26 (11:00-11:30 PM, ET/PT). Regularly telecasts Thursdays (11:00-11:30 PM, ET/PT); repeats Fridays (11:30-Midnight, ET/PT) & Sundays (8:00-8:30 PM, ET/PT).

From Stan Lee, the famed creator of "Spider-Man" comes STRIPPERELLA. Pamela Anderson stars as the voice and moves of Erotica Jones who is a stripper by night and superhero, Stripperella by later night. The series premieres as part of Spike TV's "The Strip," a weekly new two-hour adult animation block.

  * REN & STIMPY EXTRA
  Premieres Thursday, June 26 (11:30 PM-Midnight, ET/PT).

These original classic REN & STIMPY episodes will telecast UNCUT and digitally remastered featuring asthma-hound Chihuahua, Ren, and his trusting feline sidekick, Stimpy.

  ORIGINALS
  * MOST EXTREME ELIMINATION CHALLENGE (TV-PG)

Telecasts Saturdays (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT); repeats Sundays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT).

MOST EXTREME ELIMINATION CHALLENGE features contestants engaged in ridiculous and often grueling athletic challenges. Using the actual footage from one of the most popular primetime Japanese reality game shows, Takeshi's Castle, the new series is re-written by R.C. Entertainment and re-voiced by American announcers Vic Romano and Kenny Blankenship to create an entirely new comedic storyline. The series telecasts as part of Spike TV's "Slammin' Saturday Night" line-up.



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